Megan Thee Stallion‘s relationship with ex-friend Kelsey Harris has come under further scrutiny thanks to a connection between Harris and Meg’s estranged label.
On Thursday night (December 15), just hours after Kelsey Harris’ second day of testimony in the Tory Lanez trial, a tweet began gaining traction detailing her ties to Carl Crawford’s 1501 Certified Entertainment, with whom Megan Thee Stallion has been embroiled in a separate legal battle.
“I think it’s important to note and could further explain Kelsey’s reluctance and bad memory on the stand…,” speculated Twitter user @KirkWrites79. “Kelsey’s husband works for 1501, with Carl and J. Prince and is currently Erica Banks‘ manager. The very same label that has been at legal odds with Meg.”
The account then reposted a Reels video which saw Crawford and J Prince, Jr. partying with Tory Lanez. The video was originally posted to the official 1501 Certified Instagram account on April 18.
The retweet was an excerpt of a thread where user @Stall1on suggested the reason why the testimony Harris gave in court contradicted the statement she gave Los Angeles County prosecutors in September.
“Here’s the reason why Kelsey is throwing this trial..,” the user tweeted. “She’s currently engaged and mothering the child of a 1501 Label Certified Executive….YES the same Label that is actively in a lawsuit against Megan Thee Stallion…. Sad how they’re trying to sabotage This woman’s career.”
In later posts in the thread, @Stall1on clarified that Harris and the 1501 Certified executive in question are in fact married, and explained what they believe the connection to be.
“And for all of you tweeting about irrelevance.. KELSEY IS OBVIOUSLY A CONFLICT OF INTEREST and could very much have a hidden agenda,” the subsequent tweet read.
According to Distractify, Kelsey Harris’ husband is Darien “D Boy” Smith. His Instagram page confirms that he is currently managing Erica Banks, along with three other independent artists.
Megan Thee Stallion’s ongoing legal dispute against 1501 Certified Entertainment — to which she has been signed since 2018 — pre-dates the August 2020 shooting incident by only a few months.
In March of that year, the 27-year-old rapper sued the imprint, Carl Crawford and J. Prince, after calling them out for blocking her from dropping new songs.
In February 2022, Meg petitioned the courts to dismiss that lawsuit without prejudice, in light of the fact that she had been able to meet her original goal to release her music at will. She quickly clarified that she fully intended on taking further legal action against Crawford, who she alleged owed her money.
Following the release of her second studio album Traumazine, Megan Thee Stallion amended a new lawsuit against 1501 Ent. label and requested that a Texas judge rule the LP to be the final obligation to satisfy her deal with 1501 and free her from her tumultuous relationship with the label and its boss Carl Crawford.
At the time 1501 was still pursuing its own lawsuit against Megan Thee Stallion, claiming it’s owed millions of dollars as part of their 2018 contract stipulating that the Houston imprint would recoup 30 percent of her touring and merchandising profits.
The legal drama between Megan Thee Stallion and 1501 Certified Entertainment took another turn in November, when the Houston rapper (real name Megan Pete) was granted a restraining order against the label, along with her distributor 300 Entertainment, over claims they took steps “to block or interfere with Pete exploiting, licensing, or publishing her music” in the run-up to the American Music Awards